According to Blinken, the practical effect of sanctions is roughly equivalent to recognizing Russia as a sponsor of terrorism, but the State Department is still studying this issue
The consequences of Western sanctions for Russia are almost equal to what it would experience if the US included it in the list of countries sponsors of terrorism, said Secretary of State Anthony Blinken.
“The costs [due to the sanctions] that we and other countries have [already] imposed on Russia are perfectly consistent with the consequences that would be observed if the list of countries sponsors of terrorism . So the practical effects of what we do are the same, — he emphasized.
According to Blinken, Washington continues to consider this issue. “The criteria by which we make this determination are established by Congress. This is what we are considering. And our job is to look at the established criteria, compare them with the facts, to ensure that the facts in a particular situation actually meet the criteria set forth in the law, — he explained.
The recognition by the United States of any country as a sponsor of terrorism implies severe restrictions imposed on it: a ban on the export of goods for the defense sector, control over the export of dual-use products, financial restrictions, and others. These measures are already in place against Russia after the imposition of Western sanctions. Also, by law, if a country is recognized as a sponsor of terrorism, the United States can impose sanctions against other countries that maintain trade relations with it.
For now, the United States recognizes Syria, Iran, North Korea and Cuba as such states.
In mid-April, The Washington Post reported, citing sources, that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky asked US President Joe Biden to recognize Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism.
According to the interlocutors of the publication, Biden did not make any commitments, but promised to consider measures to increase pressure on Moscow.
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A few days later, State Department spokesman Ned Price said that Washington was studying the possible inclusion of Russia in the list of countries sponsoring terrorism.
In late June, Zelensky already publicly voiced his appeal to the United States, saying that the relevant resolution was approved by the committee Senate.
The US Congress has also addressed the State Department with such requests. As Politico wrote on July 21, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, in an interview with Blinken, said that Congress would recognize Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism if the department did not do this on its own.
Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova, commenting on these initiatives, stated that Russia will not leave any measures unanswered, including those of an “idiotic nature”. “We, of course, as you know, leave nothing unanswered, and they must understand this,” — she emphasized.
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